Will Coronavirus Increase the Enrollment of Indian Students in the US to Compensate for the Fall in the Number of Chinese Counterparts?

    Updated on: 04 Sep 2023 4 min read

    Coronavirus has been the biggest disruption globally since it was declared as a global health emergency by WHO on 30th January 2020. Soon after, many countries imposed a travel ban on travellers from Mainland China. Such epidemics leave global economies struggling for months to come. One of the big effects of this outbreak is on the international student body, which is the driving force in many foreign universities, especially the US universities. The statistical report of November 2019 calculated 369,000 Chinese students in the US. This number is bound to drop substantially if the outbreak is not controlled before the application process is over.

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    On the off chance that this outbreak is not contained till the next round of admissions and the travel ban is not removed then it could mean a sudden influx of Indian students on the US campuses. The US is the most preferred country when it comes to Masters in Science. With only a limited number of new visas issued every year, many students lose out on pursuing their education in the US. But the coronavirus outbreak could mean that Indian students get a larger share of these newly issued visas. The most affected would be the middle-level universities who are likely to offer seats to more students with less GRE scores or less impressive credentials. 
    However, all this is speculation at this point as there is no clear data. The US universities for the time being seem to be struggling to accommodate the classes of the already enrolled Chinese students. But they will soon have to take concrete steps to address their dependency on the enrollment of Chinese students. The same can be said for Australian universities, another country with the most number of Chinese students.

    For now, it looks like Indian students are set to gain from the disastrous situation that the Chinese students are in right now. 

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